Galaxy Art

The enthusiasm for space continues!  Yesterday, the kids looked at photos of galaxies and stars in books and online.  My 11-year-old and 6-year-old each used different materials to make a picture of a galaxy.


My daughter experimented with Maya Mists spray paints (from a crafty friend) and some acrylic paint to make her image. (We have a small spray paint box to keep the mess contained when using the sprays.)

fullsizeoutput_1f70My six-year-old used a crayon and colored pencils to make his image but couldn’t find the right white pen, marker, or crayon to make his stars. This morning I searched for more ideas about making art related to space to find a way to encourage their art making.

I found a beautiful watercolor and salt tutorial from Neesha Merani at  I set up an invitation for them to continue making images of galaxies based on Neesha’s tutorial for making galaxy monograms.

I am really thankful for all the creative artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who make their work and skills available.   I left my daughter’s materials out for her to continue making her galaxy art from yesterday and I prepared a spot for them to use watercolors and salt for the galaxy monogram I found at



I hope they learn some techniques for using watercolors, salt, and acrylic paint they can use to make future work.  I will post their finished galaxy monograms on Instagram.

This activity took some effort to put together but I plan to leave the materials available so they can follow-up on new ideas.  I hope to carve out sometime to make my own galaxy painting.

January 26th, 2018 Photo Update

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Maria Arana

Hi, I am Maria, a mom to three wonderful kiddos. My family and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We love the beauty of the desert southwest. I am a former primary teacher and elementary math coach. I have focus on encouraging my children to follow their interests and passions. I believe the learning environment plays a key role in our experience in school and at home. It is as important as what and how we teach. We have the ability to create an environment that encourages imagination, creativity, and independence. At Guided Learning Studio, I offer private tutoring, enrichment classes and help learners follow their interests and passions.

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